The festival of Purim, commemorating the Jewish nation’s miraculous salvation more than two thousand years ago, begins this year on the evening of March 11. Celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Adar, this fun-filled festival is easily the most boisterous and rambunctious of Jewish holidays.
The festival celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah.
HOW PURIM IS CELEBRATED
While Purim doesn’t have any holiday work restrictions, it does encourage dressing in your holiday best. If possible, take the day off and reflect on the meaning of the holiday and its four special mitzvahs.
There is a spirit of jubilation and merriment during the festival of Purim that is unlike any other celebration on the Jewish calendar. If there is a day to let your hair down and have fun, this is it!
On Purim, kids and adults alike dress up in costumes. The theme is fun and happy, so the costumes worn usually reflect the joyous nature of the day.
THE FOUR SPECIAL PURIM MITZVAHS
On Purim, there are four special mitzvahs observed throughout the day.
Hear the Megillah (Scroll of Esther) – Two times: by night, on March 11; and by day, on March 12.
Give to the needy (Matanot L’Evyonim) – One of the main Purim themes is Jewish unity. Haman tried to kill all of the Jews. So, all in danger together and all celebrate together. Place extra emphasis on the less fortunate and give gifts of money or food to at least two needy people.
Send food gifts to friends (mishloach manot) – Emphasize the importance of friendship and community by sending at least two gifts of food to family and friends.
Feast – Gather family and friends for a festive celebration that begins during the day hours of the 12th and lasts into the evening. Sing, drink, eat, and laugh – it’s all about community and having fun together.
PURIM RECIPES FOR THE FEAST
Challah – An integral part of Purim. Not only is it included as part of the feast, challah is also perfect for mishloach manot and makes an excellent gift. Here are some recipes and ideas on how to assemble them.
Kreplach – Dumplings are the equivalent of Jewish comfort food. These Kreplach are perfect for a celebration, or for any time.
Hamantaschen – Haman’s ears are another important piece of the Purim celebration. They can be challenging for some to make. We offer some advice and recipes on how to make perfect hamantaschen.
The festival of Purim is all about having fun and making noise. It is also about sharing good food and drink with loved ones. Livonia Glatt is proud to be your kosher market of choice in LA. We have everything that you’ll need for the feast as well as mishloach manot. Come on down, and let us help you make a feast to remember.
HAPPY PURIM!Blog | May 26th, 2019